Victoria & Abdul Oscar Bait Trailer

The first trialer for Victoria & Abdul was released this week.  It is based on the true story of an unexpected friendship during Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) rule. Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and they form an unlikely friendship. 

This trailer is the definition of Oscar bait. A slow predictable story with people in funny costumes. Just the kind of film that gets a Best Costume Design nomination and nothing else. 

The trailer has an incredible 1 million plus views. There is interest coming from somewhere. 



Another movie that is maintaining Oscar buzz after Toronto and Venice is PHILOMENA.  Judi Dench is high on the list of Best Actress contenders.




12 years Slave photo


Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE has won the audience awards at the Toronto International Film Festival.  It is now the front-runner to win best picture. It is only September, but at least it starts the conversation. Last years winner was SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (ugh!) and went on to get a nomination.
First  runner-up was PHILOMENA, and second runner-up was PRISONERS.